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Population Health Tool Using EHR Data Reduces HIV Impact in MA

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Public health officials in Massachusetts are working to create an interoperable population health management system using EHR data to identify and engage HIV patients at risk of falling away from recommended treatment protocols. The system, called...

Hospitals Face Higher Costs, More ED Visits from Opioid Abuse

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Opioid abuse has quickly become one of the nation’s most pressing population health management issues, not only because of its toll on patients, but increasingly because of the financial impact on hospitals and the rest of the healthcare...

Penn Precision Medicine Accelerator Doles Out $525K in Grants

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The Penn Center for Precision Medicine (PCMP) Accelerator Fund has divided $525,000 between eight promising personalized medicine projects addressing topics such as neurodegenerative diseases, infection control, cancer, and genetic variants....

Microsoft Takes on Blindness, Eye Care with AI, Machine Learning

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A new international collaboration, headed by Microsoft, will explore the use of artificial intelligence and machine learning for preventing blindness and improving eye health for patients around the globe, the company announced this week. ...

Can Healthcare Exploit the $7 Trillion Internet of Everything?

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Over the past few years, the Internet of Things has piqued the healthcare industry’s interest as providers continue the search for nimble, accessible, and engaging big data tools to streamline the care delivery process. But providers and...

FDA App Challenge Honors Opioid Abuse, Overdose Tool

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A California-based startup has won an FDA app challenge aimed at fighting opioid abuse and preventing deadly overdoses. OD Help, created by PwrdBy, connects potential opioid overdose victims with naloxone carriers, said the FDA in a blog post....

PCORI to Spend $42M on Patient-Centered Comparative Research

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The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) is living up to its name by approving $42 million in funding to support 19 new studies focusing on comparing the effectiveness of different treatments for patient care. "We are pleased...

Medicaid Savings Require Integrated Physical, Mental Healthcare

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Integrated population health management strategies are foundational for cutting costs and improving outcomes for Medicaid beneficiaries with complex behavioral, clinical, and mental healthcare needs, the Anthem Public Policy Institute states...

FDA Eager for Precision Medicine Under 21st Century Cures Act

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The FDA is ready and willing to get started on the precision medicine and drug innovation opportunities created by the 21st Century Cures Act, FDA Commissioner Robert M. Califf, MD, said in a blog post. The legislation, signed into law by President...

EHR Data, Machine Learning Create Cost-Based Clinical Pathways

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Healthcare organizations may be able to better identify variations in best practices for chronic disease management by utilizing EHR data and machine learning analytics to combine clinical and cost information, says a new article from Weill Cornell...

CVS Health Launches Pharmacy-Based Diabetes Management Program

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Patients in search of better diabetes management skills will be able to take advantage of advanced data analytics, connected devices, and personalized coaching to cultivate self-care competencies at CVS Health pharmacies.  The retail chain...

HHS: Patient Safety Efforts Save 125K Lives, $28B in Spending

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Hospital-acquired conditions (HACs) are down and patient safety is continuing its steady rise as healthcare organizations keep pushing forward with quality improvement programs, many of which originated with the Affordable Care Act. From 2010...

4 Partnership Steps for Addressing Social Determinates of Health

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A successful population health management program must be built on strong, engaging, and collaborative community partnerships in order to tackle the social determinates of health for needy patients, says a new report by the Advisory Board Company....

Groups Laud Health IT, Public Health Clauses of 21st Century Cures Act

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UPDATE: President Obama signed the 21st Century Cures Act into law on December 13, 2016. The 21st Century Cures Act may have been primarily billed as a research stimulus package aimed at expanding the nation’s investment in precision medicine...

Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence, FHIR Dominate 2016 Headlines

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Every year seems to be a transitional year for the healthcare industry, but 2016 had more than its fair share of major changes, new ideas, and stunning events to talk about.  From big data analytics and artificial intelligence to a growing...

Patient-Reported Outcomes Use Relies on Health IT Usability

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While patient-reported outcomes (PRO) data may not detract from primary patient care, it also might not help, says a study recently published in the American Journal of Managed Care. In order to make PROs more useful for outcomes, health IT developers...

CMS Continues Data Transparency Push with Medicare Drug Info

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CMS is continuing to demonstrate its newfound commitment to data transparency by releasing information on 2015 Medicare spending rates for Part B and Part D drugs. The data, which covers medications administered by physicians in an office or...

21st Century Cures Act Clears Senate Hurdle on the Way to Vote

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UPDATE: The Senate has passed the 21st Century Cures Act in a Wednesday afternoon vote with a 94-5 margin.  The legislation will now await President Obama's signature. Senators are finished debating the long, tangled list of provisions...

Can Blockchain Give Healthcare Payers Better Analytical Insight?

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Blockchain may be starting to settle in to the financial industry as a secure methodology for tracking and approving transactions, but its use cases for other sectors, including the healthcare market, are not yet quite as clear. Population health...

Two Cancer Research Centers Form Personalized Medicine Alliance

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The Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) and the independent City of Hope cancer and diabetes center have announced a new research alliance aimed at accelerating the development of personalized medicine and precision therapies for...

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